$70 million investment expected to create 100 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 31, 2012 – Uniscite Inc., a maker of plastic films, today announced plans to develop its operations in Laurens County. The $70 million investment is expected to generate up to 100 new jobs.
“We are pleased to locate our new operations in Laurens County and look forward to building our business here,” said Mr. Zhanlong Peng, investor and president of Uniscite Inc.
“Laurens County offered us an excellent business environment and ready and available workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials, and we plan to create as many job opportunities as possible for the state,” said Ms. Fang Wang, general manager of Uniscite Inc.
Uniscite Inc. will construct a new greenfield plant to manufacture the company’s plastic film such as those used in packaging for food products. With the purchase of up-to-date machinery, Uniscite will produce a high quality BOPP film at exceptional speed. The company currently operates out of offices in Greenville. The plant is expected to be completed and operational by the first quarter of 2014.
“We celebrate Uniscite’s decision to establish its new manufacturing plant in South Carolina and create 100 new jobs. This announcement is another big win for one of our state’s rural counties. We will continue to build on our economic development successes and foster job creation throughout our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
In the past year, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.
“Manufacturing companies played an important role in creating new jobs throughout the state last year. Today’s announcement by Uniscite shows that South Carolina’s business-friendly climate is continuing to attract job-creating investments in the manufacturing sector,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.
The project originated from Commerce’s Asia office in Shanghai, China. Asia Office Managing Director John Ling introduced the company’s executives to South Carolina and worked with them as the project developed.
“We are extremely excited to have our first China-based company locate in Laurens County. We are happy to continue to see industrial growth in the area,” said Laurens County Council Chairman Jim Coleman.
“I am very pleased to have another excellent company locate in my district,” said District 1 Laurens County Councilman Ted Nash. “Laurens County is good choice for both domestic and international companies.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $400,000 and job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met. ReadySC will provide pre-employment training.
The company will begin hiring for the new positions by early 2013. They will be seeking professionals who have experience or education in process, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as technical operations. Anyone interested in job opportunities with Uniscite Inc. should contact Toni Puleo by e-mail, [email protected].